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Fact Sheet 2010–3008

Groundwater Resources Program

Assessing Groundwater Availability in the High Plains Aquifer in Parts of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming

By Sharon L. Qi and Scott Christenson

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The U.S. Geological Survey’s Groundwater Resources Program is conducting an assessment of groundwater availability to gain a clearer understanding of the status of the Nation’s groundwater resources and the natural and human factors that can affect those resources. The goals of this national effort are to define the current status and improve understanding of the Nation’s groundwater resources, to better estimate availability and suitability of those resources for use in the future, and to provide tools to estimate the future availability of ground­water for its various uses. Assessments will be completed for regional aquifer systems across the Nation to help characterize how much water we have, where groundwater resources are most stressed, how groundwater availability is changing, and where groundwater resources are most available for future use.

Revised March 5, 2010

First posted February 26, 2010

For additional information contact:

Director, New Mexico Water Science Center
5338 Montgomery Blvd., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109-1311

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Suggested citation:

Qi, S.L., and Christenson, Scott, 2010, Assessing groundwater availability in the High Plains aquifer in parts of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3008 (Revised March 2010), 4 p.


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